I'd heard of Kozma & Kozma a while back and had been looking forward to checking it out for quite some time. Since my lazer appointment on Al Wasl street is just a few minutes drive from this quirky beauty spa I booked an appointment to see what its all about.
The whole concept of the spa is about bringing out your inner child while pampering yourself so when you walk through the doors the first thing you see is what looks like an inviting candy store with jars of yummy candy and a spiralling gold staircase leading you to the upper levels. Dreamy. The staff are super welcoming and friendly. For my visit I booked a unicorn pedicure and an ombre gelish manicure. There are other cool pedicures as well like the mermaid pedi which a girl opposite me went for but the idea of soaking my feet in warm pink unicorn slush puppy foam sounded interesting to me.
Complimentary cappuccinos and mocktails are served at your massage chair where the mani-pedis take place along with cupcake holders filled with candy, I'm talking sour strips, fruity pops, mini gobstoppers and all that sugary goodness.
I went for Gelish in the colour, Blush On You which is a pink toned nude. It was at this point that the manicurist informed me that the mani was booked as a sunset ombre?? (Not sure how that happend as I have no idea what that is) and that the look I was going for wasn’t really going to be possible on my natural nails and I would have to go with acrylic. Since I have neither the time not the patience for acrylic vibes and my nails are already long I opted to go for mini glitter crystals over the nail bed. Not my usual style but it's nice to try something new occasionally so why not.
The pedicure was on point and done to match my mani but I requested it without the glitter. I loved the pink slush puppy pedi experience and it was good to know that it contained all natural ingredients to produce the gooey effect. The foot massage and exfoliation was also on point.
The manicure was initially a bit of a surprise because I think we were on different pages as far as the size of the glitter.
I thought it was going to be more subtle because I presented a picture with exactly what I was going for but it didn’t excite me with the usual feeling of being "done" when I exit a nail salon and unfortunately the gelish on my right index finger popped off in its entirety as i reach in my bag for my phone on Monday morning. The appointment was four days early on Thursday.
Visit cost: Aed 456.75
Would I go back and give it another try? Yes actually I would. The experience itself was fun. I felt totally relaxed and pampered while I was there however I would probably opt for a classic paint or a different Gelish product because ultimately the manicure itself didn’t fulfill its primary purpose of lasting until I had it removed professionally removed. I'd give it about 3 and a half out of 5.
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I get Dm’d alot of beauty related questions. It might have something to do with the amount of time people see me spending in beauty spas and cosmetic medical clinics on my socials. So today I’m going to be talking about something that a lot of women (and men) experience here and ask me about time and time again. This is going to be all about dealing with hair fall in Dubai.
Some people blame it on stress, the alkalinity of the water, the Dubai weather or maybe it’s just genetics and they just only start noticing it after moving here. I am by no means an expert so I can only talk about my personal experience and what is currently working for me. FYI, this is not a sponsored post.
My hair is naturally pretty thin and it’s never bothered me at all. I’ve had it in long and short cuts, fringed and layered but because I always have wavy hairstyles it’s not noticeable plus a quick trip to Karkafi (for around Aed 1500), all visible issues disappear… well.. at least until the next appointment.
But after I moved to Dubai I definitely noticed that I was losing more strands than normal so I decided to do something about it or rather, the doctor at the cosmetic clinic that I frequent decided that he was going to try and do something about it.
First step, we did some blood tests. Turns out that while all my vitamin levels and blood cell counts were all good my hormone levels were out of sync. This can be affected by things like diet and stress and can be corrected by cutting out things like stimulants, caffeine, smoking - and chilling the f* out through meditation, relaxation and gym is also highly recommended. Hormonal levels can also be corrected through medication but after some research about side effects I decided that it would be a last resort because it can affect your weight and mood and I’m not keen for an overweight, grumpy life.
Next, I was given some products to implement and the general agreement was that if these didn’t work I was going to start PRP hair treatment therapy. For people who don’t know, PRP is when they use your own blood to make a solution to rejuvenate your hair follicles. You usually need to do it for about 2 or 3 months before you start seeing definite results and the costs per session are around AED 1000 depending on the area so there are definitely loads of solutions on the market. Below are the products I was recommended by the Australian Medical Centre in Jumeirah.
Priorin is the hair vitamin supplement that I now take once a day. Renokin Hair Revitalising Solution is the spray and Vichy Shampoo for washing my hair which are all available at most pharmacies.
The Renokin was a bit of a mission for me because you have to spray it on your hair 2hrs before you wash it with Vichy shampoo, using mineral water (instead of tap). I lead quite a hectic lifestyle and am not a fan of sitting around for 2hrs so it was initially struggle to plan to chill for 2 hours with that stuff in my hair but I would say it has been totally worth the time investment. At this point I can’t pinpoint whether it’s the shampoo because since then a few girls have told me that the Vichy is what restored their hair back to its natural full glory) or whether it has been the vitamins or the spray but what I can say is that I’ve definitely noticed that my scalp takes way longer to get oily and its made a noticeable difference in the fullness of my hair especially the hair path so I'm very happy.
I will keep you posted on any updates but for now I doubt I'm going to be embarking on PRP treatments just yet.
If you have any different tips to share, feel free to leave them below.
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Being a girl in Dubai has its perks. Almost everywhere ladies are looking at free entrance, free drinks and they definitely don’t have to arrive with a certain amount of guys to be let through the door. However I'm just not the biggest fan of ladies nights in general. Why? because it generally goes hand in hand with cheap alcohol, over filled venues (slow service) and venues making a grab for your contact details so they can spam you to kingdom come with their latest offers and promotions in exchange for a few watered down cocktails. As with most things in life, if the product is free, then you are the product.
This being said I've narrowed down the list below to 5 Ladies Nights that are a quality evening out with the girls. These all have one thing in common: decent offers at hospitality venues that are actually worth taking the time to visit. What a concept. Click on the headings to check out their pages. Now enjoy!
If you follow my insta stories then you know that you'll find us here at least once or twice a week as this location really hits the spot. This gem is situated within the FIVE Hotel (where the Viceroy used to be) and has mouthwatering sushi and seafood dishes, awesome staff and the most amazing views of Dubai from Palm. Plus if you're looking for an excuse to take your latest Louis out to play, its not going to look out of place as the dress code is pretty glam, day and night. Every Tuesday from 6pm until 9:30 is Ladies Night where you'll receive three complimentary drinks but you'll probably be back within a few days and not mind paying full price. (Bookings on 052 900 4868)
Cove Beach Club
This legendary beach club was situated at the Jumeirah Hotel and relocated to Caesers Palace Blue Waters last year. It used to boast one of the best ever ladies nights offer and built up quite the following over the last few years and I'm happy to report that it’s just as good. Bigger and better without losing that feeling that its your home away from home. The offer is unlimited drinks and a food platter for AED 100 while you soak up the sun from a complimentary sunbed. Grab your girls and go. Its a must do. (Bookings on 050 454 3920)
If you havent been to At.mosphere before then Girrrl, you are missing out. It’s situated in the Burj Khalifa (need I say more about the views) and their ladies night offer is an absolute steal at AED 120 for a bottle of bubbly and canapes every day from 9:30 to midnight. (Bookings on 04 888 3828)
Situated in my second favorite area, this vibey restaurant feels like home and the decor is not too shabby either. If you're looking for a top class restaurant with divine Argentinian style steak then this is where you'll want to be. Their ladies night offer is the perfect way to start of the night before dinner with three free drinks and 50 percent off bar food every Saturday making it a great location for your weekly catch up with the crew. (Bookings on 04 422 7898).
Stars N Bars
Last on the list but my no means least, if you're in the mood for a more casual affair in a laid back beach style venue then Stars N Bars is for you. Situated in the highly instagrammable neighbourhood of La Mer, you can expect expect a lively atmosphere complete with foosball tables, arcade games, gigantic portions of food and one of the best views of La Mer from the terrace. The ladies night offer is 3 drinks vouchers every Wednesday from 9pm until 1am. (Bookings on 04 349 9903).
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Brunch takes on an entirely new meaning in the UAE. It’s not just the meal between breakfast and lunch. It’s 3 hours of foodie bliss, depending on where you go. As a visitor, I never really brunched, back then I was more into looking like Nicole Richie circa 2010 than I was into food (but that’s another story for another day) however since living here - and as my love for food and the hospitality industry grows daily - there's really no better way to kickstart your Friday. As any seasoned bruncher will tell you, things do have a tendency of getting slightly out of hand so here are some dos and don’ts for surviving your first brunch for visitors and fresh expats.
* Do some research. There are so many options available. Not just the food on offer but various brunches also come with sunbed, pool or afterparty access for when you've had enough of stuffing your face and want to reflect on your food coma or you just want to relax by the pool after getting black out drunk (kidding!). Also some brunches are more focused on the party side of things like the DJ lineup than the food and some are all about the feast with lobster, grills, stews, paellas, yorkshire puddings, bbq stations and towers of desserts and cakes. These were some of my favourite brunches for the start of the 2018. I will update with the second part of the year soon.
*Do book a table inside. Unless it’s between December to Feb when you are less likely to melt into a puddle of lipgloss and suncreen.
* Do say yes to flowy loose fitting sundresses and kimonos. For the guys I’d suggest a collared, short sleeved shirt, like this polo shirt and not a tshirt partly because some venues who have a brunch that then becomes an afterparty will enforce a stricter dress code for the evening so why not be prepared from the start. Some people do finish up their brunch and then go home to freshen up and then go all the way back but who has that kind of time? Best is to call ahead and check. The looks below are the kind of outfits I'd recommend. These still look fairly elegant even after smashing 2kgs of shellfish, half a roast of lamb and a dozen mini desserts drenched in caramel washed down with litres of prosecco. Don't judge me.
*Don't neglect breakfast on the morning of the event in an attempt to "save the space" for brunch time, even more so if you're planning on taking full advantage of the drinks package.
* Do wear comfortable shoes. Wearing flats are a great way to not wake up not hating yourself after brunch turns into a 8 hour long party adventure. Metallic, nude or black Gladiators are perfect or pop a pair of stylish flats into your handbag along with some glam earrings to go from day to night in anticipation of the next party destination.
* Do take the traffic from your location to your destination into consideration especially if you're brunch begins at a peak time. You don’t want to spend the first hour of your brunch stuck in Marina traffic.
*Handbag essentials : sunscreen, double sided tape for lowcut dresses, sunnies, gum, powerbank or a charger (some venues do not have them).
*Don't upload any photos/instastories after your third drink. Just trust me on this one and learn from my experiences.
*Do pace yourself on the drinks and step away from the shooters. Remember if you are driving and you're caught with even 0.00000001% of alcohol in your system, you will face serious consequences so why even risk it? I would highly recommend cabbing or just using an Uber.
*Do read my article on how to sober up fast so you know what to do if you find yourself in a situation.
* Have fun!
There have been many posts out there about the best way to tackle the friendzone but I’ve noticed the authors are usually males. Here’s my take on how to get out of the friendzone, from a female perspective.
“All I want is a good guy”
In your lifetime you will hear this phrase uttered by females countless times. Do not fall for the joke. While no female wants to be treated badly (unless they have some issues), everybody – guys and girls prefers someone with a little bit of an ego which somehow translates into self-respect and standards. ‘Nice’ guys are too agreeable, they go with the flow to the point where it’s boring and makes it easy for females to walk all over them – and they will, if you don’t set some boundaries.
“We all want what we can’t have”
It should be pretty obvious, but it’s also easy to forget. Have other things going on. In short: GET A LIFE. Girls like it (even the girls those who come across as wanting to be in your space 24/7). People who are passionate about activities other than hunting down people of the opposite gender are perceived as less needy and neediness is the least attractive quality in any gender. That being said, don’t play too many games, you’ll only end up playing with yourself.
Every girl likes a boy who can make her smile and feel good about herself without coming across as a total groupie. So if she catches you checking out her out just be confident and say you couldn’t resist. Be self-assured and in control of yourself. Become aware of your own fidgety and awkward body language (like shuffling your feet, slumped shoulders or avoiding eye contact) and learn to keep it in check.
One of the major reasons why a guy gets put into the friend zone is because he waited too long before he revealed his intentions. Don’t be a statistic! Not making your move as soon as possible sends out the message that you are not confident enough. Low confidence = instant buzzkill. On the other end of the intention spectrum, don’t formally introduce her to your family as your girlfriend on the second date, although I’ve noticed this is normal practise amongst certain nationalities so I guess some other girls might be into it.
Don’t try to be Dr Phil
Do not become the shoulder to cry on – at least until you are dating her (if ever) as this will lead to you becoming that guy who she eventually talks to about dating problems - with other guys. By playing therapist you are totally disqualifying yourself as a potential dating option.
Lastly, if you make your move or ask her on a date, and a girl says anything other than“yes” yeah or some variation thereof, it’s a no. Believe her when she says she just wants to be friends. Accept it and move on. Refusing to accept “no” will just make you come off as desperate and take you from the friend zone to the psycho zone. Don’t be that guy.
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I spend a bit of time on forums, yes I am one of those types *insert nerdy emojis*. Reddit, Quora etc and what’s pretty amazing to me that no matter which topics I engage in, the main questions that users request my answers to, are always things like “How to get out of the Friendzone?” and “How to meet women in Dubai?”. Interesting. So I thought I’d just address this topic in an article for once and for all because let’s face it, meeting women in Dubai can be a bit of a challenge.
Yes, I know, competition is tough. This is a place where the ratio in the workforce is just over six guys to one girl - even though you might not notice it immediately in places like nightclubs because most venues have a “couples and mixed groups only” policy. No girl, no entry. Also, drinks are usually free for ladies in a lot of venues and although this brings women out it kind of eliminates the excuse of offering to buy her a drink. The odds seem stacked against you. So what to do? Should you compete harder and be more attention seeking? No. You should do the opposite.
Let’s take a step back for a moment. If you approach a woman in Dubai in a relaxed, polite way and not like she is the last female on planet earth, you are already miles ahead of the other men who approached her that day while she was getting her coffee, while she waited on her cab, in the elevator, at the mall (especially Waitrose, what is it about that place? Maybe the lighting is good), during her workout and so on.
Make your presence known but not in an over bearing way. Relax. Breathe. Woo-saaah! She will notice you more if you are not aggressively pursuing her and just by being yourself (and fun to hang out with) because for a woman, attention is everywhere, a connection, good conversation and shared interests is rare.
So where to go? It depends on what you’re looking for. I’ve heard that for short term, Tinder is the bomb dot com but then I kind of think why would a girl be on there when there are already so many options offline. I don’t know. Maybe she doesn’t like leaving her house or has unusual work hours. A good looking South African girl I once worked with used Tinder for all her dating purposes and she found it to be quite useful for vetting options without wasting time but she also said that it was a good option four years ago and that it’s no longer the case.
Another option to meet girls are nightclubs but as mentioned earlier. Free drinks and good times are already there. Plus loud music can make it a struggle to even have a conversation. You could try and get a table but then again, who are you really hoping to meet if you need a table to get their attention?
This brings me to my recommendations for where to meet women. These are day parties, beach clubs and house parties.
At day parties like brunches, everyone is already on a good vibe and for some reason I feel like women are less likely to be negative towards a guy approaching them. Sometimes there are girls being rude in nightclubs perhaps they feel like they can get away with it, possibly because it is dark and inhibition fades however at day parties or beach clubs, its rare – I think it would take a special kind of mean girl - and total lack of awareness to embarrass a guy in broad daylight.
There are different types of crowds at each beach club so if you want my take on the best beach clubs to go to you can read this article here to get an idea of what to expect. Also check out ladies day events that are happening at your favourite beach location.
House parties – chances are you both know the host or know someone who already knows the host (unless you’re gatecrashing) so this is already something in common and everyone’s defences will be more relaxed, the perfect recipe to socialize with interesting people.
On a sidenote, there are many guys in Dubai who will argue that women in Dubai only date guys with money. I find this amusing as these guys usually fall into two categories 1) They have no game and are looking an excuse instead of admitting their approach is wrong 2) They are the same guys who behave badly and then try to offer money as a way to “smooth things over” (if you took offense to that statement it probably applies to you). Sure, there are exceptions but it is not the rule otherwise every guy below a certain income level would be single and that is certainly not the case in Dubai. In fact the guys I find to be most successful in pursuing women are usually the ones in client facing occupations (marketing, hospitality, retail - guys who are used to interacting with different people daily). My opinion: if you want a girl to like you for more than your money offer something besides your wallet and if you're a girl and you want a guy to be with you for more than your body then don't let it be the only thing you offer him either.
Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. x
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Do certain sounds and sights...excite you? Perhaps you love the sound of a specific accent, the crackling of fire wood as the flames greedily lap at the twigs, it could be the rain relentlessly tapping against the window pane or the feeling of having your hair stroked? Maybe it’s the rhymic, hypnotic clacking of a horse cantering across the dirt or the visual of an oddly satisfying Youtube video that feeds your OCD tendencies? Well, it’s all based on the principle of ASMR and it's definitely 'a thing'.
Before last year I had no idea about ASMR aka Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. I had experienced it. Most people have however I had no label for the condition nor an explanation for the science behind it. It was just a feeling that could just as easily feel relaxing and soothing to sleep inducing.
So what is ASMR?
At this stage scientists haven't pinpointed exactly whether its a chemical or physiological phenomenon. The official definition is a static or tingling sensation on the skin that usually begins on the scalp and gravitates towards the neck and upper spine. It’s described as a pleasurable experience but not everyone gets a rise out of ASMR and some people may feel nothing at all.
For those who are affected, being triggered is definitely a good thing.
Its said to be one of those phenomenon which originated in some weird corner of the internet until it evolved into a more mainstream version of itself, kind of like Mukbang (where people are paid to eat via streaming video while interacting with their audience via webcam), with celebs like Jake Gyllenhaal, Margot Robbie, Kylie Jenner and Jeffree Star getting in on the ASMR craze. Since there's a huge market for ASMR artists so it seems like everyone is having a bit of fun with the concept.
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As any chocoholic will tell you, good chocolate has no peer. Like caviar, truffles and parmesan, anything but the best is a pale imitation. You can scoff down handfuls of average chocolate and it won’t elicit the sense of satisfaction as savouring one block of quality. In case you haven’t noticed by now, I’m kind of into sugar, chocolate in particular is the object of my devotion in the neverending the quest to find the perfect dessert. With this in mind I set out to find the best chocolate desserts Dubai has to offer and called upon my local friends within the UAE for their recommendations to see if their opinions matched mine. I also opened the question up my instagram to see which dessert destinations would rule the pack. I was not disappointed. Tap the headings for the socials and contact details of each venue. These are the top picks, in no particular order:
If you’re looking to live your life in the midst of decadent gelatos, chocolate cakes and desserts topped off with that essential cup of espresso then Cioccolatitaliani is a great option. I’ve demolished the Crepe Lattefuso which is simply divine and will definitely return to give the rest of their desserts and cakes a go. You can also order a cup of plain melted chocolate which is a simple yet rare offering that allows chocolate lovers to fully enjoy their favourite indulgence in its purest form.
Switch is a must visit. Even if you’re not into desserts, the food and service is awesome. Come hungry and order a wide range of options (like camel burgers!) before tucking into delicious desserts. Somehow you never need to wait more than 15mins on your order even though it always seems packed. How do they do it? Other restaurants could learn a thing or two and the tablet menus have photos of every meal so you know exactly what to expect. In any case, in terms of chocolate desserts, the layered ‘Black and White’ which comes with a syringe full of chocolate – is a winner. Other great options are the Lotus cheesecake and the Pistachio Lava Cake which is next level good.
The Cocoa Room
This breakfast only venue (open daily from 8am-11am) is a bit of a hidden gem as it’s situated inside Slider Station inside the Galleria Mall. Probably best known among sweet toothed fans like myself for its range of pancakes and hot chocolates – the salted caramel with burnt marshmellows is the biz. There are also many waffle and freshly made donut options to enjoy.
This recommendation has come up time and time again. L’eto is situated in both the Dubai Mall as well as the Mall of Emirates and its display of desserts is quite impressive so I’m happy to find out that the desserts themselves live up to appearances. Recommended cakes include the Dark chocolate cake, Dolce de Leche, Milk cake and Honey Cake - will give this one a try soon but for now I’ll leave you with these visuals.
This spot is not for the faint hearted and for serious chocoholics only. When I first heard of them, the closest branch was situated in Al Mamzer, I literally “followed up” every couple of months to find out when they’d be opening up in Dubai and if they’d started a delivery service yet so when they finally opened a branch in Jumeirah you can guess who was one of the first in line to try these heavenly creations. Again I feel like it’s my duty to inform you that these desserts are seriously sweet however it will give you the ultimate chocolate high and then some - so it’s well worth the journey (well if you’re situated Downtown it does tend to feel like a *journey* for lazy people like myself, ya know?) Try the liquid chocolate-filled Dragon Ball if you dare.
Other venues that deserve a special mention include the Cheesecake factory (of course) although I suspect that most people have tried this already and know that it’s good, Magnolia Bakery, Sugar factory (haven’t been yet), Gossip Café (so keen to try here, will review as soon as I do), Ice Cream Lab, Katerinas, Serendipity. There were quite a few more submitted but these were the ones which kept coming up - looking forward to getting to them all.
If you're looking for some balance after your indulgence, try some calorie control by reading my posts on food swapping and EMS.
Image credits: Me, Instagram.
No one can argue that we live in possibly the most innovative city in the world, but when His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum made the announcement last September of plans to build a city that simulates the conditions of living on Mars that was next level stuff even for the UAE.
The Mars science project is costing Dhs500 million and will cover more than 1.9million square feet. A team of scientists will live on site for a year in preparation for the eventual settlement on Mars. The scientists will be focusing on self-sustainment in terms of water food and energy according to the Dubai Media Office.
Another exciting tidbit of information was shared by the DMO on Saturday when they released a clip of the pod prototype for the hyperloop line between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The trip is estimated to take just 12 minutes meaning you could potentially go through to Abu Dhabi for F1 weekend and pop back to your apartment to prep for the next days festivities without having to stayover or chill in the Yas circuit traffic before that tedious 90minute drive home.
Sounds good to me.
All Images and Video: Dubai Media Office.
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Packing, booking flights and arranging an itinerary (if you’re that way inclined) can be a nightmare. A nightmare which most people would prefer to skip so we can fast forward straight to the fun bits after all travelling is supposed to be a low stress high fun activity. This post is dedicated to handy travel apps that I use that I think everyone else can benefit from too.
Packr is a traveller’s best friend. You may have packing down to an art form but it’s still pretty time consuming to consider every factor in the decision making process. However with Packr all you have to do is enter your travel information (destination, dates and activities you might be keen on while you’re there) and it will tell you what to bring along while it takes into account whether you’re going for business or leisure, the weather of your intended location, the type of accommodation you’ll be staying at, transportation you’ll be using and the kind of things you’ll be getting up to from a list of 24 predefined categories of activities. Basically, it does the thinking for you so you can focus on more important things.
This app is an urban route planner which will give you curated suggestions of things to do based on your interests and preferences –while you go from your chosen start point to your final location. Perhaps you’re looking for an art gallery on the way to lunch or the best coffee shop on your way to a meeting in a foreign city. This app has it all based on the recommendations of locals in the know from that specific city. Pretty handy right?
Happy Cow is for all the vegans and vegetarians out there. As if it’s not hard enough to find vegan and Vegetarian spots in your own city, I’d imagine that navigating your needs in a foreign city would probably present quite a challenge unless you spent ages googling it before or during your trip. Happy Cow takes the hassle out of the process by recommending restaurants in the area along with a description of what you can expect from the menu as well as user generated reviews.
I’ve been raving about meditation in my self-care posts for ages so you already know how I keep preaching that “its not just for hippies” - Binaural beats is something I’ve had a similar experience with. A few years ago I was visiting my best friend and his girl at their apartment - I had just flown into Dubai two days prior. I was exhausted but determined to make our lunch plans. However when I arrived I could not keep my eyes open. I just couldn’t anymore, I needed a nap right there and then. When I explained my dilemma, my bestie suggested I try binaural beats and I might’ve rolled my eyes at him. But I gave it a shot in any case. After listening to it for maybe ten minutes in a relaxed environment I was “healed” of my exhaustion. I couldn’t believe it. I felt so..rested. It was unreal. And from that moment on I never doubted the power of Binaural beats again. So I highly recommend this app for jetlag or even improving focus and relieving anxiety.
Google Maps Offline
This isn’t exactly an app but I’m surprised at how many people aren’t familiar with this nifty travel hack. If you’re planning on being in an area where the internet signal might be weak or perhaps Wi-Fi is super slow / roaming bandwidth is pricey then you can simply save an area on Google Maps which allows you to navigate offline. It has made life way easier for me.
Hopefully you’ve learnt something new and if you have anything to add, let me know!
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